( Itar-Tass ) - The investigation department of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB), with the General Prosecutor Office's consent, has instituted legal proceedings over espionage, as a result of checking of Russian businessman Andrei Lugovoi's statement, the FSB public relations service told Itar-Tass on Friday. No names linked with the case were given.
On May 22, the British prosecutor's office accused Lugovoi of murdering Alexander Litvinenko and demanded to extradite the Russian citizen. The businessman said he was not guilty. Later, he told a press conference in Moscow that the main role in the dark story was played by British secret services and their agents - Berezovsky and Litvinenko.
Lugovoi said that British secret services attempted to recruit him to collect compromising information against the Russian president. They were also interested in information about the Federal Security Service's activities in the so-called "English direction". Lugovoi said the British intelligence service first recruited Litvinenko and then entrepreneur Boris Berezovsky who is charged in Russia with a number of crimes.
Lugovoi asked to regard his statement as officially addressed to the Russian General Prosecutor's Office.
Former Federal Security Service officer Litvinenko died of polonium poisoning in London in November last year.